XOXO After Dark and Archway Publishing to Launch Hot Books, Cold Nights Romance Novel Writing Contest

NEW YORK, November 14 –XOXO After Dark, a community site offering the best in romance, urban fantasy, and women’s fiction supported by Pocket Books and Simon & Schuster, is teaming up with Archway Publishing to launch the Hot Books, Cold Nights Romance Novel Writing Contest. Abby Zidle, Editor-in-Chief at XOXO After Dark and Associate Director of Marketing and Senior Editor at Pocket and Gallery Books announced the news today.

“XOXO is excited to find great new talent in romance writing,” said Zidle. “Some of the most popular writers today started their careers as readers and fans.”

Pocket Star, the digital-first imprint of Simon and Schuster, will publish the winning novel. Additionally, two runners-up will receive free self-publishing packages from Archway Publishing.

“We’ve all used a hot book to help us get through a cold night once or twice,” said Zidle. “And NaNoWriMo is the perfect time to encourage new writers to get that hot book onto the page.”

Hot Books, Cold Nights launches today. Writers have until January 31, 2018 to complete their submission. Winners will be announced, of course, on Valentine’s Day (February 14, 2018).  A panel of Archway Publishing and Pocket Books editors will evaluate submissions. For further details, please visit www.archwaypubishing.com/HBCN.aspx


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Susan Kovar
Senior Manager, Digital Marketing and Partnerships
Simon & Schuster